Job Readiness Training - Second Chance
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Job Readiness Training serves as the centerpiece of Second Chance’s adult programs, having helped thousands of San Diego residents find work and build pathways to self-sufficiency and financial independence.

Each Job Readiness Training cohort offers a healthy mixture of activities with an emphasis on individual accountability. Participants engage in 160 hours of intensive instruction, during which they break down personal barriers to employment, obtain new job skills, develop résumés, and practice interviewing techniques.

While classroom exercises mainly occur in a group setting to nurture teamwork and interpersonal skills, Adult Workforce staff meet one-on-one with each participant throughout the four weeks to map out potential career pathways, provide résumé critiques, or offer moral support.

Second Chance uses the STRIVE job readiness training model; this curriculum is a highly effective attitudinal training for rebuilding lives by successfully connecting people to gainful employment. 

Since 2003, Second Chance has placed more than 4,000 graduates (and counting) into employment. 

Graduates are also provided with wraparound services including case management, professional clothing for interviews, access to a computer lab, and connections to community resources. The Job Readiness Training program can be the difference between moving up the ladder and a downward spiral.


Job Training Programs in San Diego

During your four-week training, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., participants build their self-confidence and acquire critical skills needed to gain and retain employment, such as time and resource management, a professional attitude and teamwork.

  • Build a work ethic to be successful in employment and in life
  • Personal job placement assistance
  • Two years of follow-up services
  • Case management
  • Financial literacy
  • Access to computer lab
  • Access to professional clothing
  • Support services available

70% of Job Readiness participants find employment within 180 days of graduation! 

adult basic education & high school equivalency classes

Based on their individual needs, partcipants can receive up to 12 hours of weekly instruction covering mathematics, writing, reading and vocabulary to acquire Adult Basic Education skills, High School Completion and/or High School Equivalency options such as GED and HiSet.
All classes are taught by San Diego Continuing Education instructors.
Hours of operation:

  • Mondays:  2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays:  9:00 a.m.— 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays:  4:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.


How much does the training cost?
The program is offered at no cost to participants.

Is it only for individuals who have criminal backgrounds?
No. The program is open to anyone who needs assistance.

What is the age limit?

Do I need a high school diploma or GED?

Do you offer evening classes?
No. Currently, our classes run Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

What kinds of jobs do graduates of the program get?
We work with over 400 employers in the San Diego area.  After graduation, our Business Services team will match your experience and expertise with potential employers and connect you with employment opportunities.  Our graduates have been placed with over 1,750 local employers.

Do I have to attend the entire program?  What if I get a job?
Although we encourage individuals to complete the four-week course, in the event you get a job prior to graduation, go to work. Our goal is for you to become self-sufficient. 

What kind of training do you offer?
We provide "soft skills" and attitudinal training, which means that we provide all the preparation needed to go on a successful interview and land the job! Our training works to change negative behaviors and empower individuals to not only get a job, but keep the job and develop a career.

Are your classes offered in Spanish or any other language?
The classes are currently only offered in English.

What is the length of the program?
Four weeks totaling 160 hours.

When does the next class start?
Our class schedule for 2018 can be viewed here.

The Job Readiness Training Program is supported in part by donations from individuals, and the following corporations, foundations and family funds:

  • Bank of America Foundation
  • City of San Diego, Community Projects, Programs and Services, Districts 4 and 5
  • County of San Diego, Community Enhancement Program
  • Cubic Corporation
  • Eugene & Joan Foster Fund at The San Diego Foundation   
  • Farrell Family Foundation
  • Hervey Family Non-endowment Fund at The San Diego Foundation  
  • James W. Hughes Foundation at Union Bank
  • Maurice J. Masserini Trust
  • Nordson Corporation
  • Pratt Memorial Fund
  • S. Mark Taper Foundation
  • The Anthony Robbins Foundation
  • The Country Friends
  • Union Bank Foundation
  • US Bank
  • Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation
  • Warren-Neely Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Bank Foundation
  • Willis & Jane Fletcher Fund at The San Diego Foundation